Need help with dogs attacking

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by chickie fam, Feb 20, 2012.

  1. chickie fam

    chickie fam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of our neighbors dogs keeps getting out and killing our chickens. We have lost 8 so far in just 2 weeks. The neighbors know their dog is doing this but haven't done anything about keeping it away. Any suggestions to keep our flock safe??
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Contact animal control, check local laws concerning dogs killing livestock, warn the neighbors, shoot the dog. Harsh, yes, but the chickens deserve your protection.
     
  3. chickie fam

    chickie fam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We've contacted animal control and the sheriff and neither will do anything but warn the neighbors. We are allowed to shoot the dog if it's on our property but the problem is that we've only ever seen it once and the neighbor came and collected the dog before we could shoot it. I don't think it's harsh, I want the dog destroyed because it isn't going to stop. Just wondering if anyone has any ideas as to how to catch the dog so we can shoot it.
     
  4. mohillbilly

    mohillbilly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sit out by your chickens with your gun
     
  5. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This has such a easy answer. [​IMG]
     
  6. JenellYB

    JenellYB Chillin' With My Peeps

    You have the option of filing charges for damages. Sometimes that will get the owner to act, either to better confine the dog or get rid of it.

    To just want the dog destroyed isn't the best reaction or thing to want. That's just wanting revenge on it, and the dog doesn't deserve revenge. You just want the damage to your property to stop. It shouldn't matter whether that's by the owner effectively keeping the dog up, or finding it a new home.
     
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  7. fc

    fc Out Of The Brooder

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    It'll cost, but a cage trap big enough for a dog. If you are clever, a snare set at an entry point will do too.
     
  8. fc

    fc Out Of The Brooder

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    Forgot- a jaw trap for coyotes, tied to a stake is an idea.
    We've shot two dogs, and caught one.
     
  9. archerobx

    archerobx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you decide to trap you must do it properly.
    I suggest a cable restraint at the point the dog keeps getting in.
    cable restraints wont kill or damage dog. Double stake it down. Then take plenty of photos. Contact police id they wont help you could file a civil suit or just dispose of animal.
     
  10. Chemguy

    Chemguy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry to hear about this. What kind of setup do you have for your flock?
     
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2012

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